Using a painting technique for furniture or re-staining and lacquering an older piece, can be one of the best ways to make items in a room coordinate. Having the ability to complement your furniture colors with wall tones, drapes, and rugs etc. will make the room being decorated blend and flow together, giving visitors the impression that you hired an interior designer to do the work for you.

Information found below, gives basic how to skills for re-doing smaller, well priced, new and used furniture.

More expensive antique furniture or very large furniture pieces, may require specific stripping and coating techniques. Talk to your local paint store or antique dealer regarding advice and products to use when working on pricer furniture items.


Once they have a painting technique for furniture applied to them wooden items are great for accenting a room. Stores that specialize in or sell wooden unfinished pieces are Home improvement centers, Sears, and Ikea among others. Internet shopping is another great places to find new raw wood furniture.

If on the other hand you would like to pinch a penny or two, then flee markets, garage sales, antique stores, E-bay or classified adds might be the place to start.


As you look for knick knacks or decorating pieces that you can apply a painting technique for furniture to, try and find items that are small and easy to finish. Bigger furniture is fine but keep in mind that once you have sanded, filled and coated a larger piece of furniture, you may not be up for doing the same thing to a smaller one.

If this is your first time refinishing start little and work your way up to larger items.


Almost every decorating accent item can have a painting technique for furniture applied to it. If you see furniture you like and it's not made of wood, such as a laminated finish, or lacquer, metal or plastic surface for example, it can still take paint, all you have to do is apply the proper primer first. Talk to your local paint supplier for product information.

  • Table/s
  • Chairs/stools
  • Fireplace
  • Shelves
  • Knick Knacks (candle holders, picture frames, art etc).
  • Cabinet
  • Dresser
  • Lamps


To choose colors that will go with a painting technique for furniture, select an item that you like from the room the furniture is going to be placed in, or buy new drapes, a rug, piece of art, bed spread, or throw cushion, whatever you decide to purchase be sure the item has more than a single color in its design.

With the purchase made, have colors from the item matched to make up your color scheme for the room being painted. As an example, a new valance for the living room could supply colors for the furniture, walls, floors and knick knacks.

A good paint supplier will help you decide the best colors to apply and how much of each color to use for specific areas like the ceilings, lamps, picture frames, headboard, tables, chairs, etc).


Having a room set up with drop cloths and plastic to protect areas and floors from drips and over-spray is a good idea. Use an old table to place your intended project on and make sure your paint tools and coatings are ready to go. Also the item your working on should have all cracks and holes filled. A paint store representative will help you choose the best fillers to use for the type of project being done.


Before you begin a painting technique for furniture, you might have to strip the item selected, especially if the item has pealing, cracked paint (or clear coats like lacquer). Surfaces with embedded grease, dirt or discoloration will require cleaning or need to be primed. Talk to your local paint dealer regarding tools, products to use and project advice.


Place your piece of furniture on the table. Be sure the surface area of the item being worked on is clean, dry and striped of old pealing, cracked or flaked coatings. Prime if necessary.

Apply stain to raw wood if that's the look your going for, then spray or brush on at least two applications of clear coat.

Use painters masking tape to protect areas that you don't want coated. Coat your furniture or knick knacks with the help of spray balms (cans), paint sprayers or a brush/roller/tray/cut can. Furniture tends to get paint runs in it so keep an eye out for them and use a brush to remove runs or sags before they start to set up.

After your coating is dry sand the surface (120 grit sand paper) then apply another coat or two of paint. Once your item is sanded, painted and thoroughly dry use the tape to keep other colors you might be applying from getting on surfaces that have already been painted.

A paint supplier will help you decide on the best coating products, tools, and how to advice for the project being done, also follow all label instructions for materials being used.


Virtually every type of wall painting technique such as doing a faux finish, striping or color blocking can be used for your project. With the help of the Internet, book stores or the library you should be able to find an idea you like, then scale it down for the project at hand.


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